1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 7:61.



The Poetical Sketches (1822) and Lyrics of the Heart (1850) of MR. ALARIC ALEXANDER WATTS (1799-1864) are similar to the productions of Mr. Hervey. Their author — a native of London — was connected with the periodical press, and was also among the first editors of those illustrated annual volumes once so numerous, in which poems and short prose sketches from popular or fashionable writers of the day were published. The Literary Souvenir ran to ten volumes (1824-34) and The Cabinet of Modern Art to three volumes (1835-38). Though generally very poor in point of literary merit, these illustrated annuals unquestionably fostered a taste for art among the people. In 1853, a pension of 300 was settled upon Mr. Watts.